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City residents oppose  nightclub
Unhappy: Equus residents Kenny and Shirley Lim with son Lucas. Picture: Ian Munro/ The West Australian

A proposal to open an all-night dance club metres from home units in central Perth has sparked warnings that residents in a designated entertainment precinct have little avenue for protest.

The City of Perth will consider a proposal tomorrow from Boomtick, owners of popular nightspot Ambar, to move it 100m from Murray Street to Barrack Street and just metres from the Equus building, which has 138 apartments.

Residents said the venue, open from 6pm to 5am at weekends, would be 9m from the rear of their building and directly below balconies.

They said it would bring drunkenness, antisocial behaviour, noise and would devalue their properties.

Building manager David Deverell sent a residents' petition to the council outlining concerns but said it was ignored.

City planners recommended approval, saying entertainment is a "preferred use" under the planning scheme and the move could not be refused "on the basis of use alone".

Glen McLeod, a lawyer for the residents, said approval could set a concerning precedent for city dwellers.

"As a broader issue, this will arise more and more with the intensification of urban living," Mr McLeod said.

"Councils must consider nuances in the law and act in the interests of residents as well."

Boomtick said all licensed venues operated within strict regulations for noise and antisocial behaviour.